Application for Admission and Supporting Materials
Applications are accepted for fall quarter only. Admission is only to the Ph.D. program but students have the option of leaving with an M.A. degree after successfully completing the first year. Please refer to the Graduate Handbook for further details.
Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received by December 15, 2023 (11:59 p.m., PST) to receive full consideration for admission and financial aid. An admission decision will not be made until all materials have been received. No applications will be accepted after December 15, 2023.
Further information and the link for the online admission application can be found on the UC Davis Graduate Studies website.
SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS ONLINE ONLY (as directed on the application):
- Application for Admission
- Personal History Statement
- Statement of Purpose
- Application fee ($120 for domestic application, or $140 for international). The fee may be paid by credit card or by e-check as directed on the application. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete, and the fee must be paid for each application submitted.
- Three letters of recommendation (ask each letter of recommendation source to upload a letter electronically, as directed on the application. DO NOT submit hard copies of the letters).
- C.V. (curriculum vitae or résumé)
NOTE: DO NOT submit writing samples, as they are not required and will not be considered in the application review
IMPORTANT: Be sure that your admission application is complete and correct and that it includes your online Personal History Statement, Statement of Purpose and C.V. (résumé) before you submit it. It cannot be changed after submission, and if you exclude any of the three required items with your online application, your application will irreversibly remain incomplete (paper versions of items are not acceptable)! Do NOT send any paper version items to the graduate program coordinator.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send the GRE scores to UC Davis; the institution code is 4834.
The GRE exam is administered by:
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
You can contact ETS directly by email or find information on the ETS website.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Arrange for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send TOEFL scores to UC Davis; the institution code is 4834.
The TOEFL exam is administered by:
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
You can request information by email or find information on the ETS website.
As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Send an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS electronically to UC Davis. Your most recent overall band score must be at least 7 on the IELTS 9-band scale.
UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details visit https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective-students/admissions-application/submitting-your-transcripts
IMPORTANT: If you attended an institution where the language of instruction was not English, you must upload BOTH an "original language" (non-English) version AND English translated version transcript. If you already earned a degree at the institution, and if you are an applicant from China, you must also include both a diploma and degree certificate (both "original language" & English versions) along with the transcript. If you are an applicant from a different country than China, carefully check the above website about submitting transcripts (scroll down at that website to see if there are other specific instructions for applicants from your own country).
Further information for International Students.
Nonresident Tuition Fellowships
All non-resident applicants (international applicants and domestic non-California residents) will be automatically considered as if they had applied for a nonresident tuition fellowship (NRTF), so there is no need to submit a fellowship application for this kind of fellowship. NRTFs provide partial funding toward the cost of the nonresident tuition fee. NRTFs and Teaching Assistantships (TAships) are the most common kinds of financial aid that applicants are likely to receive. However, they are offered to only a few of the best applicants each year (approximately 10 or 12), and do not provide full financial aid.
(Note: Domestic students—i.e. U.S. citizens, immigrants and permanent residents—generally can establish California residency and avoid paying nonresident tuition after one year in California, if appropriate steps are taken before the fall quarter begins.)